How To Bleach Hair White

Written by Arshiya Syeda

From being a dreaded sign of aging until a few years ago to becoming a style craze – white hair has come a long way. Celebrities across the globe have spoken about aging gracefully, and many proudly flaunt their gray hair now.

As more older people are embracing their natural gray hair, we are seeing a surprising trend on the rise: younger people with naturally dark hair are gravitating towards the white hair bandwagon! Young celebrities like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have rocked their bleached platinum blonde locks, inspiring other youngsters to consider the same.

Have you ever considered dyeing your hair white? Are you fascinated by the idea of going platinum blonde? Here is how to safely bleach your hair white.

Dyeing Your Hair White

White hair makes one look dignified and sophisticated, and it is no surprise that many older people choose not to dye their graying hair and flaunt their natural hair color with pride. But, what if your locks are not naturally graying? Can you still safely color your hair white?

Achieving white hair that looks gorgeous and healthy when your natural hair is darker is not a simple process. However, by following a few easy tips and taking precautions, you can dye your naturally blonde, brunette, or even black hair a lovely shade of platinum.

Be sure to use the best quality products available and consult a hairdresser, if needed. Taking proper care of your bleached hair is important as color-treated hair is more delicate than natural, untouched hair (1).

But, before going for a bleached white hair look, you need to ask yourself a few questions to determine whether the hair color is for you or not.

Am I A Good Candidate For Bleached White Hair?

Dyeing your hair white is a slightly tricky process. Not everyone is a good candidate for bleached white hair! Here are a few factors that determine if your hair is suitable to be bleached:

  • Do You Have Virgin Hair?

Only those with virgin hair should consider dyeing their hair white. Virgin hair refers to hair that has never been dyed before or does not have any trace of any previous hair dye. If you have colored hair, you should wait until the dyed hair has grown out before bleaching your hair.

  • Is Your Hair Healthy?

Do you have healthy, dandruff-free hair? Is your hair prone to breakage or split ends? Having healthy hair is a prerequisite for dyeing your hair white. Dull, lifeless, or breakage-prone hair will be further damaged if exposed to the chemicals in the bleaching agents (1). Thick and coarse hair is the best-suited for this process.

  • What Is Your Natural Hair Color?

The natural shade of your hair plays a big role in determining whether you are a suitable candidate for bleached white hair. If you have healthy, natural blonde hair or light brown hair, you can go for bleaching without any worries. Since your hair is already of a light shade, it will be easier to achieve a platinum blonde look.

However, dyeing dark brown or black hair white will take considerably more time. It is more difficult to color dark hair white without causing excessive damage to the hair shafts.

Once you have determined that bleached white hair is the way to go for you, start collecting the supplies for the guide given below.

How To Dye Your Hair White

Bleaching your tresses at home can save you loads of money. However, since it is an intricate process, you should be prepared well before you start. Use only the best quality ingredients available.

Before beginning the actual bleaching process to color your hair white, collect the following supplies:

  • Hair bleaching powder
  • 20 or 30 volume developer
  • Plastic bowl and plastic measuring spoons (avoid metal)
  • Toner
  • Hair-coloring brush
  • Hair clips
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Gloves
  • Old clothes

Now you are ready to start! Follow the given steps to achieve the perfectly gorgeous platinum blonde look.

  • Put On Your Gloves

Prepare by wearing old clothes and putting on your gloves. Bleaching your hair can be a bit messy, and you do not want to ruin a set of new clothes.

  • Prepare Your Hair

It is advisable to massage your scalp and hair with some warm coconut oil for a few hours before starting the procedure. Coconut oil is moisturizing and nourishing, and it helps to minimize the damage caused to your hair by the bleaching process (2).

  • Divide Your Hair Into Sections

Dividing your hair into sections makes application easier and also aids with greater precision.

Divide your hair into four quadrants by first parting it from the center of the forehead to the nape of your neck. Now, halve each section once again from ear to ear. Secure each quadrant with a rubber band or a hair clip.

  • Apply The Bleach

Follow the directions given on the packaging to mix the bleaching powder and developer.

You should apply the bleach to smaller sections within each of the quadrants to ensure your hair is fully saturated.

Bleach the tips and mid-lengths of your hair first. They take longer to lighten than the roots. Once you have coated the rest of your hair with bleach, apply it to your roots. Give your hair a quick massage to ensure the bleach has been distributed evenly. Gather all your hair on the top of your head and put on a shower cap.

  • Processing

Leave on the bleach to process for as long as it takes your hair to reach a pale yellow color. The processing time depends on the natural color of your hair. Blonde hair takes lesser time while darker hair takes longer. However, be careful not to let the bleach sit in for longer than the recommended time given on the packaging.

It usually takes 20 to 50 minutes for the bleach to work its magic, depending on the natural shade of your hair. Check every ten minutes to see if the desired color has been achieved.

If you are still not satisfied with your hair color by the end of the time suggested on the packaging, wash your hair anyway. You can repeat the bleaching process after a week or so.

  • Wash Your Hair

After the stipulated time, wash the bleach off your hair. Rinse your hair thoroughly and use a balancing shampoo to restore your scalp’s pH levels (3). Conditioning after bleaching is an important step. Use a balancing conditioner to make your hair soft. Let your hair air-dry. Do not use a blow dryer after bleaching your hair.

  • Apply Toner

Bleaching makes your hair pale yellow, not platinum blonde. To achieve a platinum blonde look, you need to use a toner on freshly bleached hair to make it white.

To make it look pure white, you need to use a neutralizing toner. Apply a good-quality toner on freshly washed, towel-dried hair to get rid of the brassy tones. Leave it on for about 30-40 minutes before washing it off. The toning process needs to be repeated every week. You can also use a toning shampoo instead.

Once you decide to bleach your hair white, take these necessary precautions to get the most out of the process and emerge with healthy-looking and gorgeous platinum blonde hair.

Hair Bleaching Dos And Don’ts

  • Avoid shampooing for at least a day or two before bleaching your hair. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the natural oils in your scalp and hair help with the bleaching process.
  • Massage your scalp and hair with pure coconut oil the night before to protect your hair from excessive damage.
  • Bleaching agents are strong and can cause chemical burns. If you feel any discomfort during the bleaching process, wash off the bleach from your hair immediately.
  • Using a toner is necessary to achieve a pure white platinum blonde look. However, just like bleach, toner can also cause chemical burns. Wash off the toner immediately if you develop rashes or experience pain of any kind after applying it to your hair.

After bleaching your hair and getting the pure white hair of your dreams, it is time to take proper care of your luscious white locks. We walk you through some handy aftercare tips below.

Aftercare Tips For White Hair

Now that you have gorgeous platinum blonde hair, it is time to take good care of your tresses. Bleached hair needs extra care to look lustrous and healthy. Here are a few aftercare tips to follow for white hair:

  • Do Not Wash Your Hair Daily

Washing too frequently can dry out your locks by stripping away their natural oils (3). Since your hair is already damaged from the effects of the bleach, it is advisable not to wash your hair every day. Even if you have not bleached your hair, it is not a good idea to wash it daily.

  • Massage With A Nourishing Oil

Giving your bleached hair some extra love and care is important. Gently warm some coconut or olive oil and massage it into your scalp and hair. You can leave it on for a few hours or even overnight. Then, wash off the oil with a mild shampoo to get soft and silky hair. Deep conditioning with oils helps restore hair health (2).

  • Use A Purple Shampoo And Conditioner

Purple shampoos and conditioners are specially formulated hair care products that use purple pigments to neutralize yellow tones. A good-quality purple shampoo is a must-have for those with bleached hair. Using a purple shampoo helps tone your hair and maintain its pure white color. You can use a purple shampoo and conditioner twice a week.

  • Avoid Heat Styling

After you have bleached your hair white, avoid all kinds of heat-styling tools like blowdryers, straightening irons, and curling wands for at least three weeks. Bleached hair is susceptible to the harmful effects of heat styling as the hair cuticles are left open during the bleaching process (4).

Closing Thoughts

If you have been thinking of bleaching your hair white at home, now is the time to go for it! Use the best bleaching and styling products available to ensure that you get the lovely platinum blonde look of your dreams while maintaining your hair’s vibrancy.

Bleached hair needs extra care, so be sure to pamper it with coconut oil and purple shampoo to keep your locks soft and bouncy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can gray hair be bleached white?

Yes! In fact, bleaching gray hair to white is easier than bleaching hair of any other natural color.

How can I make my hair white without bleaching it?

Dyeing your hair white without bleaching is possible only if the natural color of your hair is an almost platinum blonde. It is not possible for any darker hair color.

Why is my white hair yellowing?

Your bleached white hair can turn yellow due to the residual melanin in your hair. Use a purple shampoo to neutralize the yellowish shade and get pure white hair.


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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).